"Beyond the reach of trains and trams, middle class Doncaster already had the highest level of automobile ownership in the metropolis. Its sprawling haciendas, with long drives and triple garages, epitomised the new model of car-dependent suburbia Australians had copied from the United States."
But despite being fascinated by the automobile, Mr Davidson says there are some worthy PT ideas kicking around.
"A light rail along the wide median of Wellington Road from Huntingdale to Rowville via Monash University's Clayton campus might pay much better than mega-projects such as the multi-billion-dollar cross-city underground or well-meant but flawed projects such as the Doncaster railway."
What PT ideas take your fancy?